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Coronavirus Information

Dear Parent/Guardians, Students and Staff:


This page is to help you by providing accurate information about COVID-19, the coronavirus. Here you will find resourcesfor staying well and preventing the spread of illness.


For more information, we recommend you visit: https://www.maine.gov/doe/covid-19 

Please continue to check our website for updates and guidance. 

 What is Known 

The virus causing COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. It causes a respiratory illness ranging from cold-like symptoms to severe pneumonia.

  • Most (81%) of people diagnosed with COVID-19 in China had mild disease, including most children.
  • Similar to influenza, the people who are most likely to have severe disease and complications from COVID-19 are immunocompromised individuals, older individuals (>60 years old) and those with other medical conditions like heart and lung disease or diabetes.
  • There is no vaccine or treatment currently available for COVID-19 but the National Institutes of Health is evaluating treatments and developing a vaccine already.


 How The Virus Spreads 

COVID-19 is believed to spread primarily the same way the common cold or flu spreads:

  • Respiratory droplets in air by coughing and sneezing.
  • Close personal contact (within 6 feet).
  • Touching or shaking hands.
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
People are thought to be most contagious when they are symptomatic (the sickest).

Some spread of the virus might be possible before a person has symptoms; there have been reports of this with COVID-19, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.


 What You Can Do Now 

  • Teach your children to always cover their cough and sneezes with a tissue or elbow.
  • Remind them to wash their hands with soap and water (or use hand sanitizer) after they touch their face, use the restroom and before they eat.
  • Tell children to avoid touching their eyes, mouth and nose since that is how germs get into the body.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects (everyday household disinfectants are fine) Enhance cleaning of high touch surfaces like door knobs, toilet handles, and sink handles.
  • Eat a healthy diet, keep regular sleep schedules, and allow for exercise and fresh air.     

 How to Practice Social Distancing 

Social distancing is a way for people who are not ill to limit and avoid contact with viruses that cause illness such as pandemic flu by spreading easily from person to person. Learning about and practicing social distancing can help you, your family, and community delay or reduce the impact of a pandemic. 

What you can do  AT HOME 

■ When ill, avoid contact with people, even your family, as much as possible. 

■ Avoid social gatherings and playdates. 

■ Cover your coughs and sneezes. 

■ Clean your hands frequently. 

■ Keep a distance of 6 feet from others when possible.


What you can do  ABOUT WORK  

■ Stay home from work if you are ill. 

■ Do not return to work for at least 48 hours after your last fever. 

■ Work from home if possible. 

■ Use email, conference calls, or video conferencing instead of face-to-face meetings when possible. 

■ Carry your lunch and eat away from others. 

■ Cover your coughs and sneezes. 

■ Clean your hands and work surfaces (phones, headsets and keyboards) frequently. 

■ Keep a distance of 6 feet from others when possible. 

What you can do  IN YOUR COMMUNITY 

■ Plan home entertainment that limits contact with others. 

■ Avoid public gatherings such as movies, concerts, and church or community meetings when possible. 

■ Shop at non-peak times. 

■ Avoid public transportation or travel during non-peak hours. 

■ Cover your coughs and sneezes. 

■ Clean your hands frequently. 

■ Keep a distance of 6 feet from others when possible. 

■ Stay home when sick. 

We are receiving updates as The Maine Department of Education is working directly with Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor this evolving situation. We will continue to provide new information to the community as things change.


The Portland Public School District Nurses


For questions or concerns, please contact your school nurse directly: Health Staff Directory Link

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Hand-washing with soap and water is the best way to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to those around you. Hand sanitizer is effective when a sink is not available. 

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